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August 11, 2007


Mondo Monk

Thelonious MonkLast week I was working on the Night Lights schedule for the rest of the year and ran into what I thought might be a bit of a snag. Show topics are usually plotted well into the future (right now we have programs slated through the end of February 2008), but I’d realized that a certain sequence was going to bring a lot of Thelonious Monk listeners’ way for several weeks in a row. Well, far worse things could happen, right?…

July 23, 2007


Like Sonny: the Story of Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane

Sonny RollinsJazz documentarian Bret Primack has made a short film about the musical relationship of tenor saxophone greats Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane that includes interviews with Rollins and Jimmy Heath, as well as footage…

June 25, 2007


Sonny Rollins returning to Carnegie to record new CD

RollinsRemember all the hoopla (well-deserved) a couple years back over the 1957 Voice of America concert that featured John Coltrane with Thelonious Monk? It came out on CD via Blue Note (rather quickly, as things go in the oft-difficult world of jazz reissues and estate rights) to much acclaim, and it still…

May 5, 2007


Sonny Rollins Live in London

Sonny Rollins: Live in London

Mid-1960s club recordings reveal the saxophonist in full, uninhibited stride.

February 3, 2007


Freedom Now

We Shall Overcome: Civil-Rights Jazz

There was a strong relationship between jazz and civil rights in 20th-century America, and artists sometimes addressed the cause explicitly in their music.

January 13, 2007


The Best Tenor You Never Heard: J.R. Monterose

JRJ.R. Monterose is a saxophonist rarely heard even by jazz fans, and his most well-known recording, Charles Mingus’ Pithecanthropus Erectus, is one that Monterose himself later all but disowned. He recorded only sporadically as a leader and withdrew from the jazz world several times, woodshedding or playing in towns distant from the music’s metropolitan centers. His sound, although influenced by other tenor horns such as…

November 18, 2006


Great American Songbook

The Avant-Garde Plays the Great American Songbook

Takes on the standards from Eric Dolphy, Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman and more.

September 16, 2006


Duke Ellington Mary Poppins

Jazz Goes Disney

Goofin' on Disney: how movie songs for kids made their way into the jazz world.

June 17, 2006


Jazz Cameos

ByrdsEven if you don’t usually listen to jazz, chances are that you’ve heard Sonny Rollins, Phil Woods, Zoot Sims, Hugh Masekela, Chet Baker, and other jazz luminaries… did you know that it was Rollins soloing on the Rolling Stones’ “I’m Just Waiting on a Friend”?…

December 10, 2005


Henry Grimes and Fred Anderson

Now Found: Henry Grimes

Night Lights talks with Henry Grimes, the legendary bassist who returned to the jazz scene after disappearing for more than 30 years.

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